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NCB pumps $3m into Intercol Champs

NCB pumps $3m into Intercol Champs

first_imgTHIS year’s Intercollegiate Track and Field Championships, which is scheduled for Friday, April 7, and Saturday April 8, was yesterday launched with the National Commercial Bank (NCB) continuing as major supporters with a $3 million sponsorship.The championship, which will be held inside the National Stadium will also see the top male and female performers each receiving $100,000 with Gregory Peart, sales manager of Payment Services at NCB, making the wire transfer yesterday to the Jamaica Intercollegiate Sports Association during the press briefing.Christopher Vendryes, sales manager of NCB Insurance Company, lauded Intercol and stated that his firm had no hesitation in again supporting the championships as he saw this as a good transition for those students leaving high school.Intercol president Dalton Myers, who thanked the various sponsors, stated that he was pleased with what has been happening over the past two years, which coincides with Quality Logistics Event Management joining up with association to execute the meet.”We are indeed pleased with the progress made at this level as Intercol is about developing student athletes, and it helped to develop at both the amateur and professional levels,” said Myers. “We have had some outstanding athletes who have performed at these championships over the years and we will use the meet to select a squad in preparation for the World University Games, which will be held in Chinese Taipei between August 19-30.”NEW FEATUREManager of Quality Logistics Event Management, Paul Francis, who is also the coach at the University of Technology, gave an overview of the championships where some 15 teams, including defending male and female champions, G.C. Foster College of Physical Education and Sports.”Once again, we expect another high-quality meet as there will be some 36 track and field events, and I can’t wait to see the women’s 400m and based on form so far this season we could see some eight finalists under 53 seconds and this could become one of the closest ever championships, especially among the females where we could see at least three teams going down to the wire,” Francis said.He also spoke about a new feature as this year the party stand, where students partied just outside the stadium will instead be inside the venue.Other sponsors of the meet include Gatorade, Island Grill, Pure National Ice, SportsMax, and Puma, which has come on board for the first time and will be in charge of outfitting the officials.last_img read more

UP, LP Violate NEC Guidelines

UP, LP Violate NEC Guidelines

first_imgGbarpolu County Senator Theodore Momo has expressed his delight in his decision to resign from the ruling Unity Party under whose umbrella he served for years.“I am proud to leave Unity Party with clean hands where I served with loyalty, honesty, objectivity and openness. But I am sure that these qualities are no longer attractive to the Unity Party.  Better still, these good and purposeful trademarks can market me to other institutions,” former Unity Party member in the current 53rd Senate, Theodore Momo has declared.Senator Momo’s statement comes days after it was announced that the Unity Party had decided to carry Representative Gertrude Tene Lamin as its Senatorial candidate for the October 14, 2014 Special Senatorial Election, leaving out incumbent Senator Momo.But in his four-page statement read to the media Wednesday, Senator Momo described the UP primary held in Bopolu, Gbarpolu County as a violation of the party’s own constitution. The party’s National Executive Committee elected to embrace the return of Representative Lamin to the party after she had previously tendered her resignation from UP in favor of Liberty Party.Senator Momo also described the return of Madam Lamin to the party as a gross violation of Chapter 1 Section 1.3 of the National Elections Commission (NEC) guidelines regarding political parties and independent candidates. The NEC guideline states: “No person shall be a member of more than one political party at the same time.”However, according to the Senator, up to June 28, 2014, Representative Lamin was still a member of both UP and Liberty Party, while at the same time her application to the UP was still on hold. “How is our party conducting its internal self regulation if it can’t uphold and enforce its own decision in reference to the Gertrude Lamin saga?” Momo asked.The Senator also wondered why the Liberty Party continues to remain silent over their partisan’s double deal.Senator Momo recalled that Representative Lamin officially resigned on Monday, June 30, 2014 and back dated her letter to June 26, 2014. “This is not politics, but complete dishonesty at its highest; and I still believe Liberty Party and NEC should not allow Gertrude Tene Lamin and the UP to get away with this gross violation.”He continued: “My pull out or withdrawal from the primary process was on these grounds and not as a sign of weakness or lack of confidence in my ability.  A fair, democratic and transparent process allows the partisans of UP in Gbarpolu County to determine preference of candidate.”He challenged UP executives to learn from the Bopolu June 28, 2014 episode and repair the inequalities and ills, adding that whatever the party did in Bopolu City and how it was done reflect poorly on the image of the party.Noting that nothing bad happens to a good man, Senator Momo assured his kinsmen and supporters that he will continue to uphold and cherish the ideas and principles he stood for over the years, such as protecting Liberia’s natural resources against exploitation.Without being specific, Senator Momo said citizens of Gbarpolu do not need a General Auditing Commission (GAC) and Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission (LAC) indictee whose purse, he stated, has been swelling up with “our development money, while our people suffer the humiliation of poverty and developmental challenges.”Though he refused to say where next his political boat will anchor, he informed journalists that he is currently holding consultations that are “yielding positive results.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Recaptured prison escapee facing retrial for attempted murder

Recaptured prison escapee facing retrial for attempted murder

first_imgRecaptured prison escapee Stafrei Alexander is facing retrial at the High Court for the attempted murder of Curtis Thom three years ago.Stafrei Alexander’s trial will last for the next few daysAlexander, who was nabbed in Berbice last year, is now appearing before a different Demerara High Court judge, Justice Sandil Kissoon after his previous appearance ended in a mistrial.On Wednesday, Alexander once again denied attempting to murder his fellow Laing Avenue, Georgetown resident on March 23, 2015 by way of discharging a loaded firearm in his direction. The matter was adjourned to June 25, 2018.The accused is being represented by Senior Counsels Stanley Moore and Maxwell McKay while Attorneys Lisa Cave and Orithia Schmidt are appearing for the State.At his last hearing in November 2017, Alexander turned up at the High Court for sentencing, a month after he was found guilty but it was announced that the accused would have to undergo another trial as a result of an unacceptable verdict.In October 2016, Alexander was committed to stand trial by Magistrate Leron Daly at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.last_img read more

Infantino sole candidate for FIFA presidency in June vote

Infantino sole candidate for FIFA presidency in June vote

first_imgThe election will take place on June 5 in Paris ahead of the women’s World Cup.Former Tottenham defender Ramon Vega had announced his intention to stand against Infantino, but failed to garner the required support of five of FIFA’s 211 member federations.Infantino has introduced plans to increase the World Cup from 32 teams to 48 from 2026, with the possibility to bring forward the expansion to the 2022 edition in Qatar.A decision is expected to be taken next March after a study into the feasibility of holding an extended tournament in the Gulf state.Michel Platini’s former right-hand man at UEFA is also hoping for an enlarged, 24-team Club World Cup from 2021.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin of Slovenia, who will be re-elected on Thursday also as the sole candidate, is opposed to the idea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Gianni Infantino is unopposed in the FIFA presidential election © AFP / FADEL SENNALAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb 6 – FIFA president Gianni Infantino is set to serve a second term after world football’s governing body said on Wednesday he would be the only candidate for June’s vote.The 48-year-old has been in charge of FIFA since February 2016, after succeeding the disgraced Sepp Blatter following the corruption scandal which rocked the organisation.last_img read more

New look for mall planned

New look for mall planned

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A Valencia Town Center expansion based on the “lifestyle center” model, including an extension of Town Center Drive around Santa Clarita Valley’s largest mall, is on the drawing board, city officials said Tuesday. Town Center owners Westfield Group and LNR Property – co-owner of The Newhall Land and Farming Company – have convened informal meetings with city planners over the past few months to map out the mall’s future. “It’s really been sort of a roll-up-your-sleeves to see what could happen and what could be developed,” associate city planner Aimee Schwimmer said. “What we want to do is to have more of a “Town Center,” where we have a street like a Town Center Drive that goes through (and) maybe loop(s) around the existing ring road.” Both Town Center and city officials were sent back to the drawing board earlier this year after Newhall Land withdrew an existing plan for a 600,000-square-foot expansion, which included pads for two large anchor stores. But the ongoing consolidation of department stores nationwide – in particular the recent $11 billion takeover of May Department Stores by Macy’s owner Federated Department Stores Inc. – has rendered the proposal obsolete. Planners had hoped Macy’s would be one of two potential anchors in the expansion. Instead, the mall’s existing Robinsons-May is expected to take on Macy’s nameplate in fall 2006. The parties agreed it was better to start over, rather than make more changes. “We are trying to determine how best to approach the realization of our vision for Valencia Town Center, which will probably be done in a phased manner so we can implement additional office and retail components,” said Marlee Lauffer, spokeswoman for Newhall Land, original developer of the mall and now an LNR subsidiary involved in the project. “We hope in the next few months to be able to have something more formal for the city to start that process.” A Westfield representative said it’s too early to discuss the redevelopment process, though Lauffer disclosed the end result will be a master plan for the Town Center property that could include additional office space, stand-alone restaurants and even living space. “We’re looking at a long-range vision – the ultimate build out of the Town Center,” she said. “But we recognize that it has to be approached in phases. “We have to figure out what works for retailers and enhancing the property from a sales tax revenue standpoint for the city, and a convenience standpoint for consumers.” The Town Center is a key sales tax revenue generator for the city, officials have said. Of the $70.5 million general fund budgeted for the 12 months beginning July 1, about $30.3 million is expected from sales tax. Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.comlast_img read more

DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH ‘MEN ON THE MOVE’ CAMPAIGN

DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH ‘MEN ON THE MOVE’ CAMPAIGN

first_imgHEALTH: Worried about that extra weight? Thinking about getting more active? Want to improve your overall health and wellbeing?Donegal Sports Partnership, in collaboration with the HSE, are re-launching the popular ‘Men on the Move’ programme over the coming weeks in the areas of Falcarragh, Lifford & Milford. Men on the Move is a physical activity programme that is aimed at adult men (+35) to get them active, have fun and improve their fitness levels. It involves:Twice-weekly physical activity sessions over 12 weeks that are led by a qualified instructor to meet your needs.Structured physical activity sessions so that you can find a level and pace that suits you.Workshops on nutrition and well-being for men. The programme is FREE and will culminate with a ‘Men on the Move 5k Walk/Run” in December.Open evenings, where men can come along and get a free health check, information on healthy eating and sign up to the activity programme, have been organised as follows: TUESDAY 2nd September @ 8pm in the Ray Community Centre, Milford WEDNESDAY 3rd September @ 7pm in The YARD Centre, FalcarraghTHURSDAY 4th September @ 7pm in Lifford Clonleigh Resource CentreActivities on offer include walking, light jogging and strengthening exercises.There will be leader and healthcare professional there on the night to answer any questions that you may have about any of the proposed activities.If you wish to register for the initiative please call the Donegal Sports Partnership office on 074-9116078, email Karen@activedonegal.com  or Text your name & location 087-7376537.DONEGAL SPORTS PARTNERSHIP LAUNCH ‘MEN ON THE MOVE’ CAMPAIGN was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Sports PartnershipsnewsSportlast_img read more

Kirinya out to end winless run against Bright Stars

Kirinya out to end winless run against Bright Stars

first_img Tags: bright starskirinya jssStarTimes Uganda Premier League Kirinya have never defeated Bright Stars (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Kirinya JSS vs Bright Stars                                                   Mighty Arena, Jinja Tuesday, 02-04-2019 @4:30pmJINJA – Kirinya JSS host Bright Stars at the Mighty Arena in one of the two StarTimes Uganda Premier League games to be played on Tuesday.In the past, Kirinya have enjoyed a terrible record against Bright Stars since attaining promotion in 2016.Abby Kikomeko’s side are yet to defeat the Stars in five meetings prior to Tuesday, losing three and drawing two.However, they will be pushed by their recent League form that has seen them climb into eighth.Kirinya have won three and lost only one of their last four league games, scoring six goals and conceding five.In that period, they have defeated Mbarara City, Nyamityobora and SC Villa with the only loss coming in the 2-0 defeat at the hands of leaders KCCA FC.With Joel Madondo and Fred Amaku, fully fit and Bagole pulling the strings in the middle, Kirinya will be fancying their chances against a Bright Stars’ side that are only coming back to their feet.After a poor run of results that saw them go 12 games without victory (D7 L5), Bright Stars are starting to regain momentum as they have won two of their last three games.Bright Stars have won two of theri last three League games (file photo)In that period, they beat Ndejje 3-0 and Nyamityobora 2-1, only losing 1-0 away to Maroons.Captain Nelson Ssenkatuka looks to be getting back to form along with striking partner Brian Kayanja and the duo will be looked at for inspiration come game time on Tuesday.Match Facts:This will be the sixth top flight meeting between Kirinya and the Stars.In the first 5, Bright Stars have not lost to Kirinya, winning three and drawing the other two.All Bright Stars’ victories against Kirinya have come in the last three games, having initially draw the first two meetings.Last season, Bright Stars defeated Kirinya 2-1 at the Mighty Arena, before enjoying a comfortable 4-1 win in the first game this season.Kirinya head into Tuesday’s game on the back of a 2-0 loss to KCCA FC in their last game.However, the loss to KCCA is their only one in their last four league games after winning the other three prior.At home, the Students have lost only two of their last 11 league games (W4 D5).For Bright Stars, the come into the game having won two of their last four StarTimes Uganda Premier League games (D1 L1).Fred Kajoba’s side have managed only a single point out of a possible 18 in their last six league fixtures (W0 D1 L5).The other game on Tuesday:-Express FC vs Paidha Black Angels @4pmComments last_img read more

Tax season off to a flying start

Tax season off to a flying start

first_img1 July 2014The South African Revenue Service (Sars) received more than 50 000 returns in less than 12 hours as the country’s 2014 tax season got under way on Tuesday.Addressing a media briefing in Pretoria, Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said 14 000 Sars officials would be deployed at strategic points across the country to make the filing process easier for people. Temporary service points will also be set up to help people submit their returns.“As of today, nine fully equipped mobile tax units are being deployed to remote areas throughout the country,” Nene said. “In 2013, the mobile tax units engaged with more than 752 000 individuals through awareness, tax education campaigns and the filing of returns across the country.”Sars has also opened six new branch offices in the past three years in order to ensure that people are able to submit their tax returns. A refurbished Sars branch office was opened in Mthata in the Eastern Cape just last week, while a second branch office opened its doors in Soweto, at Bara Mall.Warning to would-be fraudstersNene said officials would be on the lookout for fraudulent tax returns.“We would like to warn those who will be submitting fraudulent tax returns that we are on the lookout for them,” he said, adding that Sars had improved its ability to verify taxpayer information through third-party data.“We advise taxpayers that Sars will in particular focus on medical aid claims, retirement fund contributions, income protection policy contributors and tax payers who submit revised returns for previous years.”‘Avoid unregistered tax practitioners’Sars Acting Commissioner Ivan Pillay advised people to check the credibility of tax practitioners, and to ensure that they are registered, before making use of their services.According to Pillay, only around 11 000 of the 38 000 tax practitioners in the country are accredited, giving them the right to complete and submit tax returns on behalf of their clients.Taxpayers who are concerned about getting scammed through e-mails or SMSes can call the fraud and anti-corruption hotline on 0800 00 2870 or the Sars contact centre on 0800 00 7277.The deadline for manual submission of returns is 26 September, for all non-provisional taxpayers is 21 November, and for provisional taxpayers using e-filing is 30 January.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Is it time for industrial hemp?

Is it time for industrial hemp?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I recently had the honor of hearing President Donald Trump address my fellow members at the 99th Annual Convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation in Nashville. Not surprisingly, he addressed major agricultural issues like tax reform, regulatory reform, rural broadband access, Waters of the U.S. and trade policy. Every farmer in this country is impacted by these issues and I hold faith that the president understands the incredible challenges we face every day on our farms and ranches.I also hold faith in the president’s entrusting Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to lead the administration’s Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity and execute its mission to “identify legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to promote in rural America agriculture, economic development, job growth, infrastructure improvements, technological innovation, energy security and quality of life.” Now that the task force’s report is out, one item escaped the list of recommendations, and so I urge the president and Congress to support an emerging rural economic opportunity for many farmers and ranchers across America.I believe this country is ready to go forward with the legalization of industrial hemp and move beyond nearly five decades of industrial hemp’s unfortunate misalignment with its more infamous cousin, cannabis. On Sept. 1, 26 other state Farm Bureau presidents joined me in writing a letter to Secretary Purdue urging that he and the task force recommend in its final report that industrial hemp be declassified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. While I am disappointed that it didn’t make the list of recommendations, I am pleased with the ongoing dialogue we have with the secretary’s office.Joining Farm Bureau in support is the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, National Farmers Union, the National Conference of State Legislatures, and many other organizations across the country. To negate any talk that this is a left-leaning fringe issue, 14 current and former GOP governors have enacted hemp legislation under their watch — including Vice President Mike Pence.In November, Wisconsin became the 34th state to pass some form of legislation to legalize hemp production with unanimous support in the legislature and with the backing of Governor Scott Walker. As Wisconsin gears up for its first hemp planting season since 1957, this emerging and promising rural economic opportunity is under serious threat.On Feb. 15, the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco heard a case, Hemp Industries Association v. Drug Enforcement Administration. The crux of the case is the DEA’s 2016 “Final Rule” that applied a controlled substances code number to cannabis extract products that contain one or more cannabinoids, including non-psychoactive cannabinoids that meet the federal industrial hemp definition of less than 0.3% THC, like Cannabidiol. The DEA’s position is so egregious that 28 members of Congress lent their names to a bipartisan amicus brief in support of HIA’s claim that the DEA has overstepped its bounds and that the Final Rule “was an abuse of DEA’s administrative rulemaking authority and otherwise not in accordance with law.”Covering the entire political spectrum, these bold members of Congress — including Reps. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.), Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) — argue that “through the Final Rule, DEA is stifling economic development and commercial exploration of industrial hemp. It is undercutting the legislative text of Section 7606 of the Farm Bill by prohibiting marketing research of industrial hemp-derived extracts under an agricultural pilot program. This is the very opposite of what Congress passed into law and the purpose behind it.” America’s industrial hemp farmers, entrepreneurs and researchers agree.I urge President Trump and Congress to join the Wisconsin Farm Bureau and many other supporters in calling for the passage of Rep. James Comer’s (R-Ky.) H.R. 3530, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. This legislation will classify hemp as it should be, an agricultural commodity, and permanently remove it from the jurisdiction of the DEA.Wisconsin farmers are hurting. It was recently reported that out of 94 federal court districts, the western district of Wisconsin experienced more farm bankruptcies than any other in 2017. This might help explain why 250 attendees showed up on a cold, blustery night in Eau Claire to attend a hemp seminar we recently hosted and more than 300 others have watched the video recording of it. I’m sure some were curious, but many others are desperate for options in this time of depressed commodity, milk and livestock prices.President Trump and Congress can lessen the burden of regulation that is stifling innovation, research and entrepreneurship in the emerging hemp industry, and join Congressman Comer and others in supporting the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. Through the support of the president and Congress, we can finally make it happen.last_img read more

Where Do You Buy Your Technology? [Poll]

Where Do You Buy Your Technology? [Poll]

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Samsung is setting up shop – literally – with a new plan to open mini-stores within 1,500 U.S. Best Buy stores by June. But is the electronics giant getting in front of where consumers really buy their technology?The new in-store shops will have Samsung employees demo and sell a wide range of Samsung’s products, including smartphones, tablets and televisions. Five hundred of these mini-stores will be open by April 8, in time to help promote the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.In an interview with ZDNet, Ketrina Dunagan, VP of Retail Marketing for Samsung Mobile’s U.S. unit, said something interesting:“This is our first opportunity to demonstrate connected mobile products in a location with educated Samsung employees able to walk a consumer through the experience. About 70 percent of U.S. population is within 10 miles of a Best Buy.”This got me to thinking: is proximity alone enough of a draw for consumers? For me, it isn’t. I have a long-standing arrangement with Best Buys and similar stores: don’t bother me. If I walk in to one, I usually know what I want and am not interested in talking to the sales staff. I would much rather just get my tech online, where I can save some money.But that’s just me, of course. Where is it you go for your general tech needs? Most of us, usually, hit our carrier’s storefront for our phone needs, but what about the rest of your tech purchases?For instance, do you visit large electronics/appliance stores like Best Buy or Fry’s? Or is a megastore like Wal-Mart or Mejer’s more your speed? Some people want to go even deeper on discounts and will shop at warehouse stores like Costco or Sam’s Club.True Apple fans will find the nearest Apple store, of course, and Microsoft also has a slowly expanding base of brick-and-mortar outlets. Or do you buy direct from the vendor, shopping at their online commerce site?Amazon is also a popular place to buy tech, and many people shop for bargains at such third-party outlets, both online and physical.Or are you the diligent type of bargain hunter, who visits Ebay or Craigslist to find what you need?Take the poll below and let us know where your preferred tech shopping takes place.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. brian proffitt Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#commerce last_img read more